10 – 12 page research paper
Topic : A policy of
racial profiling by police officers to reduce and prevent crime on the streets.
Your choices should be fueled by empirical research and
scholarly sources on the subject. This ethical issue will impact more than just
your own individual self—it will affect the lives of all those across the state
or even the country. Your job is to write a research paper for the state
governor to use as the basis for his/her decision on this issue.
General structure of your policy analysis
1. Conduct a brief review/synopsis of the relevant facts.
2. Identify what you believe to be the major ethical issues
and the relevant underlying values of each opposing side.
3. Set forth your recommendations for the continued use,
modification, or discontinuation of this policy. Your decision must have some
sort of rationale behind it. This is where you will present an answer to the
policy issue at hand. Before you can do this, you will have to decide on what
ethical system underlies your analysis. There is no right/wrong system of
ethics—choose the one with which you most closely identify. If you are a
utilitarian, your stance may be very different than if you identify with
ethical formalism or an ethic of care. But, as we know from our class
exercises, despite our different ethical systems, we may encounter the same
Please adhere to
page, Abstract, Introduction, Body of the Paper, Conclusion.
The papers should
have a brief introduction, appropriate transitions between topic areas, and a
short conclusion. I am interested in each student’s ability to craft an
organized approach to an ethical issue in criminal justice. Synthesize the
literature on the subject and critically assess the ethical issue.
student should be able to craft a well-reasoned ethical argument. Since we will
be addressing “hot” topics of current debate, emotions will run high. However,
please try to support your argument with more than just emotion. Where
appropriate, essays should draw from course readings, lectures, and discussions
particular to the subject matter.
at least five (5) outside peer reviewed sources to complete this assignment
(the course readings do not count). Please consider the five-source requirement
as establishing the baseline; students seeking higher grades are advised to
broaden their research.
THESE MUST BE PEER